On Tuesday night we saw the emphatic ending to one of the most dominant eras in modern history, with Real Madrid's grasp on the Champions League brought to a resounding halt. Santiago Solari's men were humiliated 1-4 at the Bernabeu (3-5 agg) to ensure that they failed to progress through to the quarter-finals for the first time since 2010 and in-turn go down to their heaviest ever home defeat in the competition. This means that there will be a new name on the trophy for the first time in 4 years and on the flip side it would've given a young Ajax side the confidence that they can beat anyone.
Erik ten Hag's men produced a real performance for the ages, battling back from a disappointing, agonising first leg defeat to somehow overcome Europe's most successful football club. Not since 2003 have Ajax progressed through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, with Tuesday's performance one of the best since their title winning campaign back in 1995.
The Eredivise Champions' squad is one that's often dismantled when big money offers come in so ten Hag deserves an awful lot of credit for forging this fantastic team, which will certainly feel that the sky is the limit. It has a good blend of youth and experience, with the superb duo of Matthijs de Ligt and Barcelona-bound Frenkie De Jong really epitomising the clubs culture with mature, commanding performance well beyond their tender years. Tuesday night will go down as one of Ajax's greatest ever nights but could there be more to follow as we approach the home straight of the Champions League?